Sterling Clifford Issues Statement on New SBAC Ad Attack

Brown For Governor Campaign

Oakland, CA - Brown Campaign Spokesman Sterling Clifford this morning issued the following statement in response to the so-called Small Business Action Committee's launch of a second false and misleading ad attacking Jerry Brown:

Meg Whitman, having now shredded her credibility with the voters through slash-and-burn, over-top-top attack ads, has apparently found someone to do her dirty work.

Whitman paid SBAC $10,000 to be included in its slate mailer. SBAC endorsed her two days later.

Now SBAC is running more television ads than Meg Whitman.

Who's paying for all of the ads? This week we got a partial answer.

The ‘Small' Business Action Committee is funded by BIG special interests.

SBAC's new attempt to distort Jerry Brown's record will fail just like all of the others.

It's time for Joel Fox to disclose all of SBAC's major donors. It's time for them to let the sunlight in.

The new SBAC ad is the second in a more than $3 million ad flight running throughout California. This week the Small Business Action Committee reported more than $1 million in funding from companies like Anheuser-Busch and Altria, the parent company of tobacco giant Philip Morris.

Among other things, SBAC's new attack ad misrepresents Attorney General Brown's commitment to defending the laws of the State of California, and in particular, AB 32, California's landmark anti-climate change bill - a law that Whitman opposes.

To get the Facts on SBAC's Lies, please see the Truth Box below.



Male Voiceover: How did we get here? Ask the politicians who drove California into the ditch.


Jerry Brown is a 40-year politician.

BROWN HAS DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO PUBLIC SERVICE. "Brown has a lifetime of public service that contrasts sharply with Whitman's middle-age inspiration to run for office after having rarely even voted before." [Editorial, San Jose Mercury News, 5/8/10]

MEG WHITMAN FAILED TO VOTE FOR TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS AND DOESN'T GET WHAT IT TAKES TO WORK IN GOVERNMENT.  After not even bothering to vote for most of her adult life, eighteen months ago Meg Whitman woke up one morning and decided that she wants to run the State of California. [Los Angeles Times, 7/18/10; Editorial, San Jose Mercury News, 5/8/10]

As governor, he left California with 11% unemployment.

AD FAILS TO TELL THE WHOLE STORY. "It's true that when Brown left office as governor, California had 11 percent unemployment. But that was more or less in line with national unemployment, which was 10.8 percent in Brown's last full month." [, 8/20/10]

1.9 MILLION NEW JOBS WERE CREATED IN CALIFORNIA WHEN JERRY BROWN WAS GOVERNOR - INCLUDING MEG WHITMAN'S JOB AT BAIN & CO. Under Governor Jerry Brown, California created more than 1.95 million new jobs.  Job growth in California during his tenure as governor was greater than the nation.  In 1981, Meg Whitman moved to California to take a job at Bain & Co., in San Francisco. [California Employment Development Department, accessed 4/6/10; San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 5/15/10]

CALIFORNIA UNDER BROWN CREATED A LARGER PERCENTAGE OF JOBS NATIONALLY THAN ANY UNDER GOVERNOR SINCE. The Los Angeles Times reported, "Democrat Jerry Brown has the strongest record of any of the five most recent California governors when it comes to creating jobs as a percentage of national job growth, says a former state Employment Development Department director who has been studying the numbers. Michael Bernick, a San Francisco employment lawyer who ran the jobs agency under former Gov. Gray Davis, notes that the 1.9 million net gain in jobs during Brown's two terms as governor, from January 1975 to January 1983, accounted for 17.3% of the nationwide gain in jobs for the same period. That performance was ahead of 13.8% of the total under Gov. George Deukmejian from 1983 to 1991; 11.3% under Davis from 1999 to 2003 and 7.2% under Gov. Pete Wilson from 1991 to 1999. The administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger experienced job growth during its first four years, only to see hundreds of thousands of those positions disappear during the steep recession of 2008-09, Bernick said." [Los Angeles Times, 8/11/10]

CALIFORNIA'S ECONOMY GENERALLY OUTPERFORMED THE NATION DURING RECESSIONS OF THE 1970S AND 1980S. According to the California Legislative Analyst's Office, "From the mid-1970s up to the 1990's recession, California's economy generally outperformed the nation's, often by considerable margins. ... From 1975 to 1990, average annual personal income growth was a full percentage point higher in California (9.9 percent) than the nation (8.9 percent). Average annual growth in wage and salary employment also was considerably greater for California (3.2 percent) than the nation (2.4 percent)." [California Legislative Analyst's Office, 1/95]

IN 1982 THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS THE HIGHEST IT HAD BEEN IN 50 YEARS.  In 1982, the U.S. was coming out of a more than a yearlong recession, and National unemployment rate was 10.8% - the highest it had been in over 50 years.  Nationwide, there were over 12 million people out of work. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 7/2/10]

CALIFORNIA'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TACKED TO THE NATIONAL RATE HISTORICALLY - UNTIL NOW. When Jerry Brown left office, the unemployment rate in California was closely tied to the national unemployment rate - a difference of only 0.7%. Today, under a Republican governor, California's unemployment rate is 12.3%, and a nationally it's 9.5%, a difference of 2.8%. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 8/16/10

As attorney general, Brown threatened businesses with countless lawsuits over government regulations...

BROWN SOUGHT TO ENFORCE CALIFORNIA'S LANDMARK ANTI-CLIMATE CHANGE LAW. Even in the editorial cited by the "Small" Business Action Committee, Brown was talking about enforcing AB 32, the historic 2006 anti-greenhouse gas bill, signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger.  [Editorial, San Diego Union Tribune, 8/10/07]

... bragging he has 1,100 government lawyers ready to sue.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE EMPLOYS LAWYERS TO ENFORCE LAWS. According to the Constitution of the State of California: "the Attorney General shall be the chief law officer of the State.  It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced.  The Attorney General shall have direct supervision over every district attorney and sheriff and over such other law enforcement officers as may be designated by law, in all matters pertaining to the duties of their respective offices, and may require any of said officers to make reports concerning the investigation, detection, prosecution, and punishment of crime in their respective jurisdictions as to the Attorney General may seem advisable." [California Constitution, Art. V, §13]

BROWN'S STATEMENT IS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT - HE WAS TALKING ABOUT FIGHTING GLOBAL WARMNING. When he made these comments, Brown was speaking to the California Democratic Party Convention, and was referring to enforcing California's landmark climate change law, AB 32. [Sacramento Bee, 3/31/08]

So are you surprised jobs are leaving California?

CLAIM THAT BUSINESS ARE LEAVING CALIFORNIA IS MISLEADING.  According to the Public Policy Institute of California, "California loses very few jobs to other states. Businesses rarely move either out of or into California and, on balance, the state loses only 11,000 jobs annually as a result of relocation-that's just 0.06 percent of California's 18 million jobs. Far more jobs are created and destroyed as a result of business expansion, contraction, formation, and closure than because of relocation. Business relocations, although highly visible, are a misleading guide to the overall performance of the California economy. The employment growth rate, which takes into account job creation and destruction for all reasons-not just relocation-is a much better measure of the state's economy."  [Public Policy Institute of California, "Planning for a Better Future California 2025," 6/2010 (pdf)]

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